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Unit information: Global Business Environment in 2021/22

Unit name Global Business Environment
Unit code EFIM10012
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Lambert
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to provide students with knowledge and clear understanding of the political economy and organisation of the global business environment which underpins the principles and processes of international business management in multinational enterprises (MNEs) that function in a world economy, and the challenges posed to globalisation in a time of contemporary upheaval.

The unit will also provide the opportunity for students to interrogate contemporary case studies across different sectors of the world economy, which will further develop their practical, analytical, and key skills for the challenges of the modern workplace.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

1) critically evaluate theories associated with the establishment of the contemporary global business environment, specifically concerning the changing nature of nation-states, global regulators and multinational enterprises in both developing and developed world contexts;

2) analyse the strategies of multinational enterprises across a range of different economic sectors and international contexts;

3) work independently and develop critical thinking while analysing global economic and business climate,

4) develop effective team-working, communication, written and oral, and planning skills;

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Information

Summative: 3000 words individual assignment (100%); Formative – Group formative feedback from Tutorial leader in class. Continuous Feedback during the tutorial.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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